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Don’t try to be health-conscious. Just tell me what you crave!


So, I’m a cellist. At least I’m a performance major in a leading conservatory. Here’s the problem: I don’t practice (enough)! So me and my cello teacher made a deal: She needs to get back in physical shape, and I need to get in “cello shape”. so for every hour she spends in the gym or cooking a healthy meal, I have to practice and match it (ideally surpass it!).

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Anyways so we’ve started a joint blog to details our daily challenges… check it out: fitcello.wordpress.com … We need all the encouragements you’ve got!

Cinco de Mayo Recap

Last night, I ended up staying in and cooking some healthi(er) mexican food along with some not-so-healthy margaritas!

I made one of the recipe listed in my last post :

The Chilaquiles Casserole

Very quick & easy, this recipe called for enchilada sauce, which my grocery store did NOT have (!?!?) so I had to make some alterations, but the result was ASTONISHING!

– 1 Tbsp olive oil (I use a posto-infused one… mmm!)
– 1 medium spanish onion, choppped
– 1 medium zucchini, grated
– 1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (takes some sodium away!)
– 1 1/2 cups corn, frozen
– 1 (and more) tsp ground cumin
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 12 corn tortillas, quartered (I use the smaller ones and lower-cal.)
– 1 1/4 cups shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
– The sauce:  (an improvised mix of)

  1. Ace Hot sauce
  2. Salsa Ranchera
  3. Taco sauce
  4. Mandras simmer sauce (by Seeds of change)*
  5. Jalfrez simmer sauce (by Seeds of change)

The result was a spicy and ultra flavorful, tangy-ish sauce…

Accompanied by a very simple spinach-mango salad with white-wine vinegar & poppy seeds homemade dressing, it was VERY good!
Sadly the picture of the actual food looks more like a blob covered in cheese, (and I thought of taking the picture AFTER we destroyed it…) but if you really want to see it, here

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* Seeds of Change simmer sauces are soooo good! and pretty healthy 🙂

We all know about Cinco de Mayo, and we all make a point to drink margaritas and tequila to commemorate… wait do we know what it commemorates? Well I didn’t until just about now.
Unlike what many of us may assume, it doesn’t celebrate the independence of Mexico – which is September 16th. It simply commemorates the day when Mexico defeated the French army in a very unlikely battle (Battle of Puebla) in 1862. So I guess I’ll be partying it up for a battle my ancestors lost… hmmm…

Anyways, since today is a “Nutrition” day and I wanted to stay in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I will be talking about Corn! That vegetable has gotten a bad rep in the last few years but really it doesn’t deserve it. Granted it has more calories than let’s say broccoli, but it is packed with a great variety of nutrients!

Nutrition data for 1 cup (154g) – Percentages based on a 2000 cal. diet:

  • 132 calories
  • 5 g of protein
  • 4 g dietary fibers (17%)
    Supports bowel regularity
    Helps maintain normal cholesterol & blood sugar levels
    Helps keep unwanted pounds off
  • Vitamin C (17%)
    Helps strengthen the immune system
    Improves iron absorption

    Needed for formation of collagen
  • Thiamin (21%) – vitamin B1
    Helps convert carbs into energy
    Essential for functionning of heart, muscles and nervous system
  • Niacin (13%) – vitamin B3
    Essential for functioning of digestive system, skin and nerves
    Important in conversion of food to energy
  • Folate (18%) – Folic Acid – vitamin B9
    Helps body break down and create new protein
    Helps tissue growth and cell work
    Helps prevent certain birth defects
  • Magnesium (14%)
    Contraction and relaxation of muscles
    Production and transport of energy
    Helps production of protein
  • Phosphorus (14%)
    Helps formation of bones and teeth
    Helps growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues
    Works with B vitamins helping in functioning of kidneys, regularity of the heartbeat, and nerve conduction

Reasons why I LOVE it:

  • It’s just so sweet and tasty! I add it to random dishes and it just does wonders for the flavor!
  • It adds color. I’m very visual, and I like pretty things (who doesn’t!)
  • It’s quick. I use frozen corn kernels (just as healthy- make sure no salt has been added)
  • It’s ultra versatile. Use it in sweet breads, salads, warm dishes or on the cob!

Now that you believe me that corn is actually good for you, you still have to be careful! The reason why corn has gotten such a bad rep is because of the way it is usually served. So here are a couple Cinco de Mayo recipes that you won’t feel guilty about!

Chilaquiles Casserole
Green Tomato Salsa
Mexican Corn Pudding

What are your plans for the day?

Do you ever feel those last two days/weeks/months have been everything BUT healthy? no exercise, a lot of “specials”… And at this point, getting back on track seems almost impossible – especially that first step, right?

Well, I’ve got news (or just a reminder) for you: not only is it “possible”, but it’s actually very doable!

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Step #1:
Acknowledge that it starts Here and Now. Not tomorrow after that business trip of yours.

Step #2: Identify that barrier between you and your exercise: is it physical, psychological or a hibrid of both?

  • Ex: It’s been three days  I have not exercised at all and have not been eating well to say the least – I STILL feel full and bloated, etc. Even my daily gigantic water intake was out the window!
    Needless to explain how I feel… but it’d be pretty close to an old, dried-up, very slow… something!
    Just the thought of going on a 5 miles run seems to be straight out of a Fairy Tale/Fantasy book… Heck, I’m not even sure I could do a mile right now!
    As sad and pathetic as this is, I KNOW I don’t have a choice: the more I wait, the harder it’s gonna be, and quite frankly, I can’t bare the thought of anything harder than that, so onto phase #3!

Step #3: Fix it, step by step!

Here’s what I’m gonna do:

  1. Pick up my dear bottle of water and never let it leave my side… ever again! (OK – maybe just for the next couple of days)
  2. Go for a walk with my new BFF Aquafina. That will make me realize my legs are still capable of moving (thank god!) and well it’s a great way to fill that lunch hour!
  3. Finally, I feel almost ready to tackle the monster: I lace-up my running shoes, do 10-20 push-ups to get the blood flowing (really it just makes me feel really BAD-ASS!!) and head-out the door… Without giving a chance to my mind to convince me otherwise! I’m not going all out, just a nice and short run is enough to get my motivation back on track so tomorrow I’ll have a great souvenir of it and will want to do it all-over again!

OK: I talk the talk, now onto walking the walk! – Literally 😉

What are your “Back on Track” stories and tricks?

Finally De Retour!

I’m very excited to be back! This summer announces to be great and filled with many many fun things. Among others, I’m going to an Elementary-school reunion – that’s right! – but more on that later… Also doing a bike tour of the state of New-York (6 days & 70 miles each day) for which I’m a bit apprehensive but very excited and of course my marathon training. But most important of all, I will be posting again 🙂

Mainly it’s the same concept as it was:

  • Monday: Healthy Recipe
  • Tuesday: Sports and exercise related articles
  • Wednesday: Nutrition topics
  • Thursday: Something new
  • Friday: Challenges and articles involving the blogging community 🙂

I hope you will forgive me for abandoning you all so abruptly, and let me know if there are things you would like to see on Three Green Leaves!

QUESTION

Hello Everyone!

Disclaimer: I’m not coming back yet, but I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

I’m writing an extensive research paper on childhood obesity and I want to know what YOU think!!

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1) Do you believe in a National Obesity “Epidemic”? and why?

2) If the answer is yes, what do YOU think should be done to reverse it?

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Ask as many people as you can/want and let me know 🙂

Thank you so much, I really hope to hear your thoughts!

– Kloé